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Happy birthday

Dec. 29, 1960

Jim Wilson

(age 53)

The former Oregon State and major league baseball player was born on this day in Corvallis.

Wilson, now a Beavers broadcaster, was drafted out of OSU by the Cleveland Indians in the second round of the 1982 MLB draft.

The first baseman/designated hitter played for the Tribe in 1985, appeared in four games for the Seattle Mariners in 1989 and spent part of 1990, his 13th pro season, with the Daiei Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League.

Wilson graduated from Oregon State in 1993 with a degree in exercise and sport science. He earned a masters in teaching from OSU in 1995.

He lettered in baseball from 1980-82 and in football in 1980-81, starting 11 games total at offensive guard. On the diamond, he set school records with 21 home runs and an .829 slugging percentage and was named the Pac-10 Northern Division MVP and a third-team All-American after leading the Beavers to the league title in 1982.

Wilson was inducted into the OSU Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.